So I did a bit of research, and my fears were confirmed by a "blue name" on the official World of Warcraft forums: "Honor
is given at different amounts depending on the opponent you defeat.
Doing those calculations on the fly would be extremely taxing on the
realms if they attempted to calculate everyone being killed and how
everyone involved got parsed out honor and in what amounts. If we are
ever able to get to the point where the calculations are able to be
done live we would certainly do so."
where r u, DAoC Realm Points?
While that explains why it takes a day to calculate honor, and confirms
that honor points gained per honorable kill are still depending on your
opponents rank, this confimation opens up a whole new can of worms: How
can you have a PvP reward system in which the points depend on the PvP
rank of your opponent, but there is no more way of earning or losing
rank? Somebody who only started PvP after the patch and now plays PvP
all the time will soon be as skilled and well equipped as somebody who
did his PvP before the patch. But he will be worth very little honor
points to his opponents, because his rank will never go up from 0. The
longer this system is in place, the more illogical it gets. If this
continues, in a year on the battlegrounds players will actively hunt
down the few remaining characters with a PvP rank, because they are the
only ones being worth decent points. We are playing PvP in a league in
which all the ranks are frozen, but rewards are still given out
according to that rank. Totally crazy!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to joining my team-mates in running past the enemy players in Alterac Valley and totally not killing them just so I can engage in some PvE against the Battleground boss first.
Forget raiders freaking out at drops and addons, items in bank slots disappearing, Warriors flying into a rage (or trying to), and everyone dying to Warlocks. This might just take the 2.0.1 cake. And drama fans, don't worry - I'm sure some players will still have plenty of angst and whine saved up.
As thecoolkids point out, whispers and screenshots of a gold dupe have surfaced. Not your "OMG! I sold an item and got double the money back!" kind of exploit either. We're talking tens of thousands of gold. The fun kind.
(I'm happy to see, that even after all these years, people still show their character name when taking screenshots of exploits)
It's all rumors and my-friend-of-a-friend-said so far, but whatever the outcome, at least the screenshots are more interesting to look at than last time.
Late update: It seems only the Mannoroth server is affected.
Blizzard is taking back what Santa gave them. From the Elitist Jerks thread:
Some people were booted offline the day that the event happened and
their gold removed right away, no supension, just gone. Some people
have reported their bans have been lifted (I do not know if they kept
their gold received/items got with the gold/whatever). Some people
remain suspended (perhaps the higher amounts of gold received by them).
Some people have not been banned/kicked and retained their gold so far
(at least as much as 11k). I don't believe anyone has heard anything
from blizzard as they just continue to delete threads made on the
topic without an announcement.
I got unbanned. However, all gold was removed from my account - all of
it, including legit gold I had two days ago. Our guild bank is in a
similar situation; 10k+ is gone with no explanation. Opened a ticket an
hour ago and still waiting.
I got to speak with a GM, and . . . I'm not getting any of my gold
back. ALL of it is gone. They just vacuumed it out of my account. So,
(1) economy floods with gold (2) i sell two items on the AH for unreasonable amounts of gold (3) server never comes down, a few scattered accounts get closed instead (4) when my account comes back up, all gold on my account is removed, including gold i had before the economy flooded
this was the absolute worst possible handling of this situation
possible. Support has always been sub-par, but this is an embarassment.
With this patch we have released
many features/changes in preparation for the upcoming expansion. One of these
changes is that Paladin items will now be found by the Horde and Shaman items
by the Alliance.
Although some of these classes might not be available by the opposite
faction until the Burning Crusade release, this is indeed an intended change.
Try “Although both of these classes willnot be available by the
opposite faction until the Burning Crusade release”.
Oh, right. The Burning Crusade release. That’s the thing that is more than a month away, isn’t it?
Because adjusting some loot tables later is hard.
Tseric, putting on his
Compassionate Hat, followed up by posting in another thread.
I'm sure it's easier to
pass that judgement from your well-informed, armchair designing position.
Because of the way in the whole expansion is being pushed out, the gap that we
are currently in was expected to cause a number of issues. With so much content
that is being pre-released, we are going to see a number of inconsistencies
that will be resolved on release of the expansion. Plain fact is that this is
about production schedules and not about you. This is needed for smooth
production of the game, because when expansion hits and people are actually
patching the rest of the content, we will have more pressing issues than going
back to check some loot tables. This is about putting in order as much as we
can as soon as we can, so when serious matters come down the road, we have as
many resources available to address them quickly. Issues that, I assure you,
will be more important than this. This isn't about you. It's about the game.
Find something more worthwhile to complain about. This issue will not change
until the expansion is released, so railing against me or anyone else on the
boards is a categorical waste of your time.
Ahh, so it’s scheduling, not the players that matter. I’m glad we
got that straight. Stupid uppity players.
But really, are Raiders, spending hour upon hour staring at a screen full of health bars and wading
through waves of trash MOBs to get a bunch of Nexus Crystals in the form of a helmet, going to be rational enough to understand and
accept this answer?
Maybe Tseric questioned this too.
Soon after the post was made, the thread was deleted.